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Updated 2/24/15

Located in the Bronx, New York, City Island is a small island, approximately one mile long and a quarter mile wide. City Island is surrounded by Eastchester Bay on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. Its bridge attaches to a roadway adjacent to Pelham Bay Park, New York City's largest park. In this area, and in the waters and wetlands, in and around City Island, many bird species thrive. Here, several and varied migratory birds are found. This website was created to help study, appreciate, and protect all the birds of this area.


Save Forests and Save Birds

Ancient Boreal forests are being cut down for 
Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels and Catalogs!

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City Island Birds
Since 2007

Birding Advocacy

Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.


Photos and Results of Our Past Walks
2007- 2010

  2011
Winter Bird Walk- January 9
First Spring Walk- April 17
Easter Walk- April 24
Split Rock-Mother’s Day Walk- May 7 
Turtle Cove “Watch”- June 26
Raptor and Waterfowl Walk- Nov. 27
2012
Owl Walk- March 24
Owlet Walk April 15, 2012
Spring “Migration Madness” Walk- May 6
Clapper Rail Walk- May 27   
Fall Migration Walk- Sept. 23, 2012
Migration Walk- October 14, 2012
Last Minute Barred Owl Walk- Dec. 9, 2012
2013
Bronx Brooklyn Walk- January 12
Spring Migration Walk- May 5
Three Club Walk-  August 24
Fall Migration Walk 2013
2014
Owlet Walk- April 13
Spring Migration Walk -May 10
Fall Migration Walk-October 12
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A MYSTERY REVEALED

Barnacle Goose at Orchard Beach

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Traveling and Birding the Amazon

Several people have requested information about our trip to the Amazon.

Birding Interest- Past Articles

Important and Useful

The Wild Bird Fund   (Animal Rehabber)


New York Tide Chart

Urban Park Rangers

NY State Parks

Birdcast (Migration Reports)

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City Island?http://forgotten-ny.com/2000/05/city-island/
Pelham Bay Park Maphttp://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/vt_pelham_bay_park/images/Pelham%20map-rev2005.pdf
City Island Communityhttp://www.cityisland.com
Directions Herehttp://www.cityisland.com/directions.html
City Island Birding ClubCIB_Club.html

I usually find at least one Snow Goose in the southern zone of the park. Now that there is construction out there, I haven’t been birding the area. This photo is from a year ago.

Looking out from Hunter Island, everything is frozen and there are no waterfowl. If you use your binoculars or scope, you can find a raft of scaup very far out where there is open water.

Binocular and Smartphone Help

If you’re not familiar with how your computer or smartphone can help you be a better and more successful birder, you should read my little primer, link here.

If you need or want a new pair of binoculars, you might want to begin here. Binoculars have really changed in the last few years. You can get a fantastic pair for a few hundred dollars and a really good pair for less than $200. Years ago, there wasn’t nearly as much choice. You should link here for ratings.

The Kazimiroff Nature Trail of Hunter Island
You may have noticed the new signs posted along the paths on Hunter island. The numbers correlate to different features of the “Island.” If you link below, you can find out what each sign post means. Dr. Kazimiroff was a noted Bronx naturalist. The trail marked in his honor winds through the largest and most natural of all of NYC parks. This area was once hunting and fishing grounds and the site of huge mansions. To find out more, print and bring the guide with you on your next walk. Kazimiroff Trail.pdf

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There are a pair of Great Horned Owls in the park. For many years there have been a pair successfully pairing.

Two Tree Island from the lookout on Hunter Island.

We are Frozen!

The park is frozen. Trails are snowy and crunchy. The surrounding water is frozen and snow covered. If you decide to venture here, looking for birds, you’ll probably be disappointed. If you want to see beautiful wintery scenery, I recommend the walk. Put on your boots and warm clothes and bring your camera. There will be no walk until the trails are less covered in snow and ice. There are a few winter species around and the Great Horned Owl can be found. I haven’t been lucky with Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls this season. Like everyone else, I’m looking forward to spring!

Probably the most common sparrow here and in the northeast is the White-throated Sparrow.

They are often overlooked but are really attractive.

Another very common bird here is the Song Sparrow. Getting a drink can be a challenge when everything is frozen.

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Not so common and not easy to find are Woodcock. Their camouflage makes finding them really difficult.

Earlier this month I was able to escape to Sanibel island to do some birding. You can link here to see some of the birds I found.